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Home: Related Disorders: ADD: Characteristics of ADD

Characteristics of ADD

See also the Jasper-Goldberg Adult ADD Screening Examination

Characteristics of ADD

  1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat (in adolescence may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness).
  2. Has difficulty remaining seated when required to do so.
  3. Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
  4. Has difficulty awaiting turn in games or group situations.
  5. Often blurts out answers to questions before they have been completed.
  6. Has difficulty following through on instructions from others (not due to oppositional behaviour or failure of comprehension)
  7. Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
  8. Often shifts from one uncompleted activity to another.
  9. Has difficulty playing quietly.
  10. Often talks excessively.
  11. Often interrupts or intrudes on others, e.g. butts into other children's games.
  12. Often does not seem to listen to what is being said to him or her.
  13. Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities at school or at home (e.g. toys, pencils, books)
  14. Often engages in physically dangerous activities without considering possible consequences (not for the purpose of thrill-seeking) e.g. runs into the street without looking.

Source: ADD FACT Sheet Prepared by Harvey Parker PHD (1992) Used by permission. For more information on ADD contact:

CHADD - Children & Adults with ADD
499 NW 70th Ave # 308
Plantation, Florida 33317
(305) 587-3700

Modified January 9, 2003

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